Live auction programme
The live auction programme has 19 amazing items of entertainment, art, accommodation, food and services for you to bid on. Enjoy this mouth-watering list of items and get along to the auction to make your bid. You can buy your tickets on this webpage.
1. Amazing arts in Auckland: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Spend a night in the five star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, and explore Auckland’s artistic and cultural heart with treats galore: A Reserve tickets to two shows (Toku Reo Waiata, Backbone) in the Auckland Arts Festival 16 & 17 March 2019, a Māori cultural performance at Auckland War Memorial Museum, a year’s membership to the Auckland Art Gallery, and the book Art and Ideas. Normal price: $740
2. Te Kotahitanga (Hoe): Northland Region Corrections Facility
Carved by men in Northland Region Corrections Facility, the Hoe (paddle) was a taonga brought to Aotearoa from distant Hawaiki during the great migration. Utilised in the realms of Tangaroa, it includes unaunahi (fish scales) and its overall flowing motions reflect the waves, the tides and the currents. It was also used as a weapon by the Kai Hoe (canoe paddlers) of war waka
3. Hand-woven warmth: Rachel Long
Wrap yourself in this exquisite hand-woven shawl created by local textile artist Rachel Long. Made from hand-dyed wool and silk with natural indigo dye and quebracho, along with merino wool. Woven through a cotton warp. Normal price: $400
4. An evening with Nigella Lawson: Isaac Theatre Royal, Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch Art Gallery
Join culinary queen Nigella Lawson as she tells her remarkable story in her brand new show at the Isaac Theatre Royal (25 January 2019) and stay over that night in the garden city's Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square. Also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Christchurch Art Gallery with Director Blaire Mason. Normal price: $400
5. Man Without a Gun, acrylic on canvas, Smyth
This vibrant framed work was painted by talented Taupō emerging artist Smyth, who recently participated in the Graffiato Art Festival in Taupō and completed a giant, distinctive mural for the town.
6. New Plymouth Getaway: Gazley Volkswagen & Gazley ŠKODA, Novotel New Plymouth, Struck by Lightning, Len Lye Centre/Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Unity Books
Head to stunning New Plymouth in a Gazley prestige car and take in the all-dancing, all-singing celebration, Shortland Street – The Musical. Enjoy a night in a King Executive room at Novotel New Plymouth, including breakfast, then take in a personal tour of the Len Lye Centre/Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, equipped with a book about Len Lye’s place on the world and his astonishing kinetic sculptures. Normal price: $650
7. Home makeover: Melling Architects
Want to refresh your residential property? Leading Wellington company Melling Architects Ltd will undertake a site visit and consultation, then provide feasibility design sketches and any associated advice. Normal price: $2300
8. Reflecting Wellington: Andy Spain
A framed black and white print (62cm X 45cm) of the old St. John’s Ambulance building on the Wellington waterfront. It’s from a series that started out as Earthquake Prone Buildings, then extended to include examples of Wellington architecture with a historical perspective. Andy is a commercial architectural photographer who studied in London and spent the first part of his career photographing in the UK and Europe, before moving to New Zealand in 2015. Normal price: $700
9. Ki Te Ao Marama: Northland Region Corrections Facility
The Tewhatewha (long club) was a weapon held by Rangatira, especially in war times, to guide and direct tactical movements on the battlefields, bringing them out of the arms of death and back into the world of the living (Ki Te Ao Marama). It has been carved in a stylised form by whakairo students at Northland Region Corrections Facility to represent the spiritual aspect of this taonga.
10. Wellington waterfront: Te Papa, Circa Theatre, Chamber Music New Zealand
Wow! A family pass to the Te Papa exhibition Terracotta Warriors, plus a personalised tour with lead curator Dr Rebecca Rice and a catalogue; enjoy a glass of bubbles and a platter for two, and then take in a show (two tickets) at Circa Theatre (valid until 30 June 2019); and finally, experience the sheer brilliance of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2019 season, with two A reserve flexi-vouchers. Normal price: $540
11: Colour Study – Man and Woman, acrylic on canvas, Smyth
Another vibrant framed work painted by talented Taupō emerging artist Smyth, who recently participated in the Graffiato Art Festival in Taupō and completed a giant, distinctive mural for the town.
12: Akaroa experience: Kokopu Estate, Akaroa Dolphins, Meniscus Wines
Wake up to the sound of birds in Akaroa! Stay in the Kokopu Estate Gatekeepers Cottage for two nights (between 1 Feb and 30 Nov 2019). Indulge in a wine-tasting experience at Meniscus Wines and dine out with a $100 voucher from a fine French restaurant. Plus, you get to meet the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins as you cruise the Akaroa harbour – at the same time taking in the rugged beauty of Banks Peninsula. Normal price: $800
13: Korowai: Fraser Hoffe
This distinctive, rich work is by Wellington artist Fraser Hoffe. He has been widely exhibited in New Zealand, including in the Mental Blocks exhibition and the New Zealand Art Show.
14. Hobbit figurines: Weta Workshop
From Weta Workshop’s Dol Guldur: 1:30 Scale Collection – four miniature figurines: Ringwraith of Forod, The Witch-King of Angmar, Lord Elrond of Rivendell, and Galadriel at Gandalf's Side. Each scene fits together as a series of modular elements that can be built up over time. Collectors can then place miniature characters within the scene in limitless configurations. Normal price: $295
15. Love the NZSO
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s A Reserve subscription package for two to its 2019 Podium Series “The Works”, plus a free concert programme and access to members’ lounge events where you’ll receive complimentary French wines from Maison Vauron and canapés (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch only). Value varies based on the number of concerts in a location but for Auckland and Wellington (15 concerts) it’s worth more than $2500.
16. Luxury at the Lake: Gazley Volkswagen & Gazley ŠKODA, Huka Lodge, NZNAMlink, Hilton Lake Taupō, Taupō Museum
Drive to Taupō in a Gazley prestige car and treat yourself to two nights at Hilton Lake Taupō. Visit Taupō Museum, go shopping with your $100 voucher and buy some Fair Trade clothing and jewellery direct from Vietnam. Finally, indulge in lunch for two at the award-winning Huka Lodge, nestled on the banks of the Waikato River upstream from Huka Falls. Normal price: $700
17. Te Kotahitanga (Taiaha): Northland Region Corrections Facility
The Taiaha (long staff) is a weapon commonly used in open areas. It was carved by whakairo students at Northland Region Corrections Facility to show the beauty, the balance, the unity and togetherness (Te Kotahitanga) of two ancient entities, Tumatauenga the Upoko (head) and Rongomaraeroa the Rau (blade). True balance in the past, the now, and the future.
18. Siapo: Ulalau Ama, Māpura Studios
Siapo, a stunning monoprint by Ulalau Ama, an artist who attends Auckland creative space Māpura Studios.
19. Fabulous Fiji Hilton: the Ranchhod Foundation
Beachfront at the luxurious Hilton Beach Resort and Spa in Denarau, Fiji, for five nights. Can accommodate up to four people and great for friends or families. Reservations required six months in advance. Breakfast and daily cleaning/service fee not included. Normal price: $3850